▼ Pre-Season "Throwback" Concert at St. James Church
To satisfy the cravings of music lovers in the area, and kick off the season right, a Skaneateles Festival "throwback" concert will take place on Sunday, August 7th at 2:00pm in celebration of the St. James Episcopal Church's 200th anniversary. Tickets will be $15 at the door.
We're excited to announce the invitation of Lindsay Groves to serve as Artistic Director for this one-time-only, special concert. Lindsay started the Skaneateles Festival in 1980 as the Music Director and served as such for 11 years. A chance for her to wear her old hat, she has planned the program for this wonderful concert featuring Schubert's String Trio in Bb, Mozart's Piano Quartet in Eb, and Dvorak's Piano Quintet.
Lindsay contacted old Festival friends, delighted they could make time in their busy schedule to come together for this special concert. Musicians being featured for this special throwback concert include: Paul Arnold, violin (Philadelphia Orchestra); Susan Waterbury, violin (Professor of Violin, Ithaca College); Melissa Matson, viola (Rochester Philharmonic Principal); Lindsay Groves, cello (Symphoria); Stephen Heyman, piano (Professor of Piano, Syracuse University)
"I am so happy that these four wonderful Skaneateles Festival musicians have managed to find the time to simultaneously travel to Skaneateles to perform… we mostly met in the 70's and 80's, so getting together again in a fantastic opportunity!" – Lindsay Groves, Artistic Director
What: St. James Church Bicentennial Skaneateles Festival Throwback Concert When: Sunday, August 7th, 2016 at 2:00 PM Where: St. James Episcopal Church, 96 East Genesee Street, Skaneateles, NY Who: Paul Arnold, violin; Susan Waterbury, violin; Melissa Matson, viola; Lindsay Groves, cello; Stephen Heyman, piano Tickets: $15 at the door
▼ Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyard Updates
This is the hub of all online local press updates regarding the up-and-coming Robinson Pavilion.
This project will be completed by our next Festival season so concert-goers can enjoy world class music with great acoustics and the picturesque view of the lake all at once.
Timeline of Planning: - The Skaneateles Festival Strategic Plan 2010-2015 was developed through a series of planning exercises and conversation with trusted advisors. Among other things, the plan called for creating a capital fund to allow for the replacement of Brook Farm as the Saturday night concert venue and encouraging enriched concert programming through a temporarily restricted drawn down fund.
- A Venue Committee was developed to look at (1) concert site requirements (2) review potential sites and (3) make a recommendation to the Board. After considering venue options, they determined Anyela's Vineyard to provide the best solution and made their recommendation to the Board
- In the fall of 2013, Paula Peters of The Solstice Group, Ithaca, NY was engaged to conduct a feasibility study to determine community support for the plan. The study concluded there existed overwhelming support and Peters made recommendations for campaign goals and planning.
- From Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 a silent campaign was conducted to determine the level of early support. Through generous leadership gifts the silent campaign generated nearly 100% of goal. All Board of Directors committed with a pledge to the campaign.
- Summer 2015 - Bob and Sally Neumann provided additional incentive to grow the Artist Fund goal with a $200,000 challenge gift. Also at this time, the Robinson Pavilion Fund goal was increased to allow for even better sound and lighting equipment and a modest change to the concert shell.
- In June 2015, Sharon Magee was hired to coordinate the remaining silent and public portions of the campaign. Silent campaign activities included an event and tour of construction site at Anyela's. A campaign video is developed by Elizabeth Lane.
- October 2015, the public campaign is kicked off with a series of articles in local media. A mailing to Festival patrons and community supporters is conducted.
The 3 Funds:
The Artists Fund The Festival has enjoyed many outstanding performances by world-renowned musicians like Hilary Hahn, Time for Three and Peter Serkin. While continuing to attract vibrant new musicians, the Artists Fund will allow the Festival to seek and attract more established and often costly musicians. This Fund will provide the flexibility to meet those requirements without impacting the Festival's annual programming budget.
With a $600,000 goal, the Artists Fund will support two programming initiatives, the Artistic Directors Initiative ($200,000) and the Jazz and Innovative Programming Initiative ($400,000).
The Robinson Pavilion Fund The Robinson Pavilion will provide a new experience for Saturday night concerts. Developed on a unique site at Anyela's Vineyards in Skaneateles, concertgoers will enjoy multiple site lines to the pavilion and lake beyond. The pavilion will feature improved acoustics and sound equipment to provide a better listening experience. Moreover, patrons will appreciate enhanced lighting, parking and accessibility.
With a $500,000 goal, the Robinson Pavilion Fund will support the construction of the pavilion, including lighting and sound, as well as provide operating expenses and lease payments for 10 years.
The Legacy Fund For those Festival supporters who would like to make a lasting gift, or provide a gift through planned or estate giving, the Legacy Fund with a $3 million goal will provide the opportunity to assure the Festival's sustainability for future generations to come. The Legacy Fund, an endowment, will provide support to the annual operating budget in perpetuity, continuing the many programs of free community concerts, family concerts and educational workshops.
Please support the Festival Future Campaign- DONATE NOW... Click here!
For gifts of: $100-$499 You will be invited to a thank you concert at the Robinson Pavilion plus you will be recognized in the 2016 Season Program and on a Celebration Flag at Anyela's.
$500-$999 You will be invited to select thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program and larger Celebration Flag representation, plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
$1,000 - $9,999 You will be invited to all thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program and larger Celebration Flag representation, plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
$10,000 and above You will be invited to all thank you events, recognition in the 2016 Season Program, even greater Celebration Flag representation at Anyela's plus a commemorative Robinson Pavilion blanket.
Please consider supporting the Festival Future Campaign... Click here!
Current Donors to the Festival Future Campaign (as of 7/6/16) Anonymous (3) Ivan and Mimi Ace, in honor of Louise Robinson Allyn Foundation Dianne Apter and Tom McKay Carol Aroesty Bernard and Lilian Asher, in memory of John D. Asher, M.D. George S. Bain Mary Ann Baner Miki and Dan Bangs Ed and Sharon Barno Neil Beahan Henry and Helga Beck Lynne and Richard Bennett Ann Marie Bergold Dave Birchenough & Carrie Lazarus Gwen Birchenough Walt and Pat Blackler Jane and Donald Blake Arlene and Tom Bloomer in memory of Jean Graham Cynthia A. Blume Beth Boudreau, in memory of Dr. Robert Boudreau James and Cynthia Bright David Brittain David and Lynn Brown Hal and Peggy Brown Carol Bryant, in honor of Susan Mark Judith G. Bryant, in memory of Gladys A. Bryant Mary and Charlie Buckley, in honor of the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy John and Elet Callahan Andres and Monique Cardenes, in honor of Louise Robinson Joyce and Curtis Carlson Heather and Timothy Carroll Maryellen Casey and Bruce Keplinger Elaine and Greg Ceresko John and Betsy Cherundolo Stephen and Linda Chow Joan Christy and Tom Bersani Central New York Community Foundation Jim and Sharon Cirincione David A. Clutz Michael and Hilda Collins Ed and Paula Conan Bob and Sue Congel Barb Connor and Doug Wood Lynn K. Corhachio Mary Cotter Paul and Gail Cowley Tim and Margie Creamer Susan T. Dailey Jessica and Patrick Danial Duane and Lois Dann Marilyn and Bill Darmody, in Honor of Mary Gardner Danette and Peter Davis Donna and Bill Davis John and Ann Davis Anthony and Patricia DeAngelis Frank and Lynda DeOrio John and Monika Deskur Sid and Suzanne Devorsetz Keila Dhondt Kate DiDonato Digital Analysis Corp. Sharry Doyle Charley and Kimberly Driscoll David Duggan and Lynn Cleary Tim and Alison Dunn Myron and Barbara Egtvedt Carey Eidel Thomas Eldred Emerson Foundation Michael and Noreen Falcone, Fund for Artistic Excellence The Fallon and Byrne Family David Figura and Laura Downs Eleanor Filburn Hamilton and Fran Fish Dan and Colleen Fisher Steven J. Ford and Patricia A. Lynn-Ford Pamela Foresman and Brian Brundage Steve and Sandi Frackenpohl Pamela Frame, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Frame John Frank (donated from The Oscar Fund of the Wayne County Community Foundation) Koko Fuller Dr. Deborah Geer and Malcolm Skipton Amandy and Wolfgang Geihe Carol Glenister Joshua and Gloria Goldberg David S. Graham Wendy Graham and Virginia Graham Livingston, in memory of Jean Graham Joseph and Marie Grasso The Gray House B&B Georgina Gregory William and Ann Griffith Gary and Bonnie Grossman, in honor of Dave Birchenough Scott Hafler Dana and Susan Hall Brian and Maureen Harkins Mary Louise Hartenstein William and Karen Havens Mary and Mike Hearn Scott Heinekamp Carlyn and Jack Helmer James and Pat Hertz Ronald and Doris Hill Sally Holben, in honor of Louise Robinson Clark and Mary Horan Perry and Dorothy Howland Joseph and Eleanore Hubbard Peter and Mary Huntington John and Linda Isaac Johnny Angel's Alan Johnson and Lin Kroeger Joyce and Robin Jowaisas Jackie Keady Alfred Kelly and Sharon Burke Linda and Bruce Kenan Virginia and Daniel Kenney Ted Kinder, in memory of George Kinder John and Maren King Stephen and Theresa Kline Dr. Paul and Elizabeth Koenig Wendy and John Kopley Kay Kraatz Carol Lynne Krumhansl and Jeffrey Roberts Daniel and Grace Labeille, in memory of Lisa Labeille Lakeview Auto & Marine, Bob and Terry Dewitt Harry and Nancy Lambright Lawrence Lardy and Edith Pennington Andrea Latchem Catherine Lathwell, in memory of Douglas J. Lathwell Chris Lego and Jeff Shingleton Dr. and Mrs. Anthony J. Leone, Jr. Edward and Carol Lipson Peggy Liuzzi and David Michel Jane and David Loftus Jody Longeill Gard Lorey, DDS and Sean Smith, DDS, PC William and Anne Lynn David and Judy MacDougall Dawn and Guy Mackenzie James MacKillop, in memory of Patricia MacKillop Sharon and Marshall Magee, in honor of Jack and Kathryn Boyce Bill and Miki Mahood Cliff and Bobbi Malzman Alan and Joan Marcoccia-Coates Susan Mark and Mary Knepper, in honor of David and Louise Robinson Robert and Lorraine Markley Mr. and Mrs. James Marquardt John and Candace Marsellus Jill and Todd Marshall Susan Martineau Ginny and Fred Marty Mehdi and Kathie Marvasti Loretta and Richard Marx David and Norma McCarthy Jim and Kelley McQuiggan Jean McRae Dr. and Mrs. James Megna Margaret Merli Peter Moller Jim and Julie Moore & the Fletcher Foundation James Mostrom Sandi Mulconry Richard Naughton Amy and Chris Neumann Bob and Sally Neumann, Fund for Jazz and Innovative Programming Jill and George Newton, in memory of David Robinson Carole and Lloyd Novick Michael and Pam Odlum, in honor of Mary Lou Kraetz Christine O'Connell-More Sean and Laura O'Keefe JoDean and Timothy Orcutt, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. A. Gilbert Hall Nan and Larry Pardee Jeff Paston Elizabeth Patton David and Cindy Petters Judy and Arnie Poltenson in memory of David Robinson Howard and Ann Port Nelson Price and Barbara Fought Diane and Kevin Proctor, in honor of Janet Forney William E. Richards & Sons, LLC Doug and Judy Robertson in honor of David and Louise Robinson Louise Robinson Linda and Dan Roche Mark Roney Bill and Jan Rosebrook Lisa Rosecrans Anne "Jigger" Roth Tina Press and David Rubin Ed and Pam Ryan Al and Vicky Sabin, in honor of Grady Charles Allen Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Sawyer Kelly and Tony Scalzo Kelly and Steven Scheinman in memory of David Robinson Edith Schmitz Vito and Janet Sciscioli Gary and Virginia Shanley in memory of Carol S. Balet Elaine and Michael Shende Jean Shook and Chris Johnson, in honor of Dave and Louise Robinson Sharon Slater Carolyn and Richard Smith Peter and Elsa Soderberg Margaret Sovik Irene L. Stafford Jan Sterling Carol and Bill Stokes-Cawley Hope and Sal Strods Holly Strong Peggy and Dan Surdam Doug Sutherland and Nancy Kramer Mr. and Mrs. William Tatro Norma Tippett Cynthia G. Tracy in memory of Charles S. Tracy Tranquility Salon Mary Anne and Richard Trompeter Jaime Tuozzolo Jim and Salli Tuozzolo David and Patricia Urban Margaret Usdansky and Gustav Niebuhr Linda VanBuskirk Robert VanGulick and Virginia Robbins Greg and Susan VanInwegen in memory of Jeanne and Jack Tanier Loren and Arleen VanRiper Jack and Judy Varney, in honor of David & Louise Robinson John and Jean Vincent Ann and Richard Wasiewicz Mark Watkins and Brenda Silverman Adam and Kim Weitsman Doug and Peg Whitehouse Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Wickwire Monica Williams, in honor of Louise Robinson Chuk and Reenie Wilson Don and Mary Anne Winfield Kendra and Don Witter Susan and Warren Wulff David Ying and Elinor Freer, in honor of David and Louise Robinson Joyce Zadzilka Warren Zwicky
▼ Welcome to SkanFest!
From Artistic Directors Aaron Wunsch & Julia Bruskin
Welcome to the 2016 Season!
This promises to be a "remember when" summer at the Skaneateles Festival...
- Remember when the lights came up on the orchestra atop the new Robinson Pavilion at Anyela's Vineyards?
- Remember when the stage shook with dancers for the first time?
- Remember when Wynton Marsalis sounded the first chord with his 15-piece orchestra?
We have filled this season with music to linger in your memory long after the Festival ends. While some moments will be grand and glamorous, others will be intimate, surprising, haunting, peaceful.
Let the music take you places you've never been, and where you never thought you'd go.
Aaron & Julie
▼ 2016 Season Schedule
2016 Concert Schedule!
Wednesday, August 10: KidsFest - Music and Stories with Susan Reed and Parker Quartet First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 11:00 AM FREE to all under 18! Adults, $5 at the door.
Nationally recognized singer-songwriter, violinist, banjo player, and storyteller Susan Reed delightfully blends folk music and stories in a participatory program. Featuring Parker Quartet.
Thursday, August 11: Opening Night First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
7:00 PM Backstage Pass: A New Season, A New Venue 8:00 PM: Opening Night Saint-Saëns: Fantasie for Harp/ Violin Janácek: Violin Sonata Corigliano: Gazebo Dances Dvorák: Piano Quintet
featuring: Parker Quartet; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Ian Swensen, violin; Aaron Wunsch, piano, Rieko Aizawa, piano
Friday, August 12: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
8:00 PM: "Paris, 1900" Caplet: Conte Fantastique Ravel: String Quartet Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet
featuring: Parker Quartet; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Ian Swensen, violin; Rieko Aizawa, piano
Saturday, August 13: "First Night at Anyela's" Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Concert Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 Philip Glass: Piano Concerto No. 2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
featuring: Skaneateles Festival Orchestra; Tito Muñoz, conductor; Ian Swensen, violin; Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, piano; Sarah Crocker, concertmaster
Wednesday, August 17: Special Event First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $125 for A Section, $100 for B Section
Hilary Hahn & Friends Mendelssohn: Trio in C minor, Op. 66 Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor, Op. 50
featuring: Hilary Hahn, violin; Robert deMaine, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano.
Thursday, August 18: "The Good Song" First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
Fauré: La bonne chanson Khachaturian: Trio Strauss: Piano Quartet
featuring: John Moore, baritone; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Kyu-Young Kim, violin; Jonathan Chu, viola; Robert deMaine, cello; Julia Bruskin, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano; Aaron Wunsch, piano
Friday, August 19: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
7:00PM: Backstage Pass: What it means to "Play Jazz" 8:00PM: Is it Jazz? Poulenc: Le balmasqué Gershwin: Three Preludes Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata Dalbavie: Axiom Coltrane: Venus W. Marsalis: At the Octoroon Balls Schoenfield: Café Music
featuring: John Moore, baritone; Todd Palmer, clarinet; Peter Evans, trumpet; Kyu-Young Kim, violin; Jonathan Chu, viola; Adrian Morejon, bassoon; Julia Bruskin, cello; Robert deMaine, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano; Aaron Wunsch, piano; TBA, oboe; TBA, percussion
Saturday, August 20: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Tickets: $40 for A Section & $30 for B Section, all ages (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
featuring: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wednesday, August 24: Workshops for Music Students First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 11:00 AM
Artistic Directors Aaron Wunsch and Julia Bruskin will lead informal daytime workshops for music students of all ages & abilities. All instruments welcome. Advance registration is required. For more info: 315-685-7418 or www.skanfest.org
Thursday, August 25: First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
7:00pm: Prelude Concert: Robinson Award Winner, Christopher Spinelli *Free for In Motion Ticket Holders
8:00pm: In Motion Muhly: Motion Prokofiev: Cello Sonata Debussy: Premiére Rhapsodie Shostakovich: Piano Quintet
featuring: Borromeo Quartet; Melissa Matson, viola; Julia Bruskin, cello
Saturday, August 27: KidsFest: Dance! With Time for Three Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 11:00 AM FREE to all under 18! Adults, $5 at the door.
featuring: Time for Three
Saturday, August 27: Time for Three Dance! 7:30 PM Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Time for Three: Chaconne in Winter
featuring: Time for Three, Company XIV, Austin McCormick, choreographer
Thursday, September 1: Happy Hour! Location TBA 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 1: "Passion, Past and Present" First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles 8:00 PM Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
J. S. Bach: Cantata, BWV 40 J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto 3 David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion (Winner of Pulitzer Prize, 2008) J. S. Bach: Instrumental Selection David Lang: Light Moving
featuring: Ekmeles, Members of The Knights
Friday, September 2: Tango Tour First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles Tickets: $22 to $28, free for children 12 and under
Golijov: Last Round Ravel: Habanera Albeniz: Tango Piazzolla: Various Tangos Schulhoff: Tango Sean Conley: Quintet
featuring: The Knights; Aaron Wunsch, piano
Saturday, September 3: Festival Finale Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 West Lake Road, Skaneateles 7:30 PM Tickets: $22 & $28, free for children 12 and under (Rain location: after 3pm, call 315-685-7418 or visit www.skanfest.org)
Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Cellos Durante: La Pazzia Sollima: Viggia in Italia Sujfan Stevens: Suite from Run Rabbit Run Mozart: Symphony No. 29 Joao Gilberto: Undinu
featuring: The Knights, Eric Jacobsen, conductor; Julia Bruskin, cello